Michael McDaid

Died: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017


Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Fri., Oct. 27, 2017
Location: Burns Mortuary

Mass of Christian Burial

9:30 AM Sat., Oct. 28, 2017
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

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Michael “Mr. Mike” McDaid, 90, of Pendleton passed away on October 20, 2017 at St. Anthony Hospital in the loving company of his family.  He was born on April 1, 1927 in Donegal, Ireland to Henry and Maria (McLaughlin) McDaid.  Mike grew up with 11 siblings in a traditional Irish Catholic family.  He developed a strong work ethic in his childhood that carried on to his adult life as he could always be found working to support his family. 

In 1950 he decided to chase work in Manchester England, where he did masonry work.  While there he met the love of his life Josephine Corcoran. In an effort to seek more opportunity, Mike immigrated to the United States. He landed in Pilot Rock in 1958 to work as a sheep herder on the Doherty Ranch.  He missed Josie who was still in England and mailed her a ring and proposal. She accepted and on February 27, 1960 he and Josie were wed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pendleton.

Mr. Mike was known by many in the community; either from his custodial job with the Pendleton School District, through St. Mary’s Catholic Church or in more recent years his ‘exercise’ walking the isles of Wal-Mart.  He was an incredibly social person that loved to dance; he did not stay strangers with anyone for long.  Perhaps having been born on April Fool’s Day is what made him a jokester; you could always count on him for a joke or good story. 

His Faith was very important to him and was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church along with being a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his loving wife, Josie McDaid of Pendleton children; Mary McDaid of Portland, Jon (Heather) McDaid of Portland, Ed (Nisa) McDaid of Amboy, WA, Jodi (Mike) Gaffney of Seattle, WA, and 7 grandchildren.

Rosary will be held at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton at 7PM on Friday, October 27, 2017.  Mike was an active member of the community and would love for those who knew him to celebrate his life through a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 9:30AM on Saturday, October 28, 2017.  Burial at Olney Cemetery at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Luncheon will follow in the parish hall.  All are welcome.

Donations may be made in his name to a charity of your choice. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

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Marge Normington-Jones
   Posted Mon October 23, 2017
I want to send my sympathy to all of Mike's family. He was a wonderful man who brought happiness to everyone he met. He and I shared that April Fool birthday and he always wished me well. May your memories of him ease your grief. I know he will be missed by family and friends.

Brigit Farley
   Posted Tue October 24, 2017
Mike was a bright Irish light in the world. I never saw him without a smile on his face, and he had that Irish gift of gab, a kind word for everyone he met. May he rest in peace.

Rob Merriman Plumbing
   Posted Tue October 24, 2017
We are all so saddened to hear of Mike's passing. May your memories bring you comfort in your time of sorrow. Here's to you Mike.....thank you for such fond memories.
Rob, Sonny, Mitch, Matt, Ben, Josh, Ordway, Rod, and Joan

Carman Chalakee
   Posted Wed October 25, 2017
I remember Mr. Mike when I was in grade school at Washington School. He was always happy and cheerful. Then I had moved away for a while, and it was a big surprise when I seen him walking at Wal-Mart. I was so happy to see him. I introduced him to my kids and told them that he was the nice man I had ever known. He will be missed dearly. My condolence to the family prayers and thoughts to the family.

Ruth Fenton
   Posted Sat October 28, 2017
Mr. Mike lives on in the hearts of all the children and parents that knew him from Washington School.. my 3 children included. He always had a "hi" and smile when I saw him.

Sharon Maness
   Posted Sat October 28, 2017
So sorry to hear of Mr. Mike passing away, I have known him for many years, his daughter Jody used to tap dance with my 2 daughters and the Phalan girls. I would see him when i went to town and he always ask how my girls were doing, a very friendly man. He will be missed. So sorry for his family.A true Christian man.

Elizabeth Conkey
   Posted Sun October 29, 2017
I met Mr. Mike while waiting for a doctor's appointment over a year ago. That's when we discovered we both attended St. Mary's. His kind words that day still resonate with me. My condolences to all who knew him.

Ross Simmons
   Posted Mon October 30, 2017
Mr. Mike, I never knew you, just seen you walking the loop (with a bright smile) in Wal-Mart. Sorry I didn't talk to you, when I had the opportunity, my loss, I now realize. Thanks for this Blessing Mr. Mike.

Lisa griffith
   Posted Mon October 30, 2017
I work walmart so nice visited with daily I have gone out of town just found out about my heart goes out to you I love so much if bad he cheered me up

'tina Newtson & family
   Posted Mon November 06, 2017
May flights of angels sing him to heaven.
One of our greatest joys growing up was getting to go to work with Mom at Washington School so we could see Mr. Mike and get to listen to that wonderful lilting accent. It was so much fun to run into him around town or Wal~Mart as he was so filled with the joy of life and you couldn't help but catch his enthusiasm. I am so very sorry for your loss, the world is less without him.
Comhbhrón is déine, Tina, Jori, & Rocki Jr.

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